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Aaron Gordon has been effective for Arizona in the role coach Sean Miller has carved out for him. It's a role that allows him to play to his strengths without having to stray from his comfort zone.
But the fact is that his comfort zone is quite small at the moment. Gordon is limited to finishing around the rim off dump passes, lobs or misses, where he taps into that tremendous athleticism and coordination.
He's making just 26.8 percent of his two-point jumpers and 41.1 percent of his free throws, while he's hit just 10 three-pointers all season. At this point, Gordon's perimeter and in-between games aren't exactly very threatening.
And it's led to some inconsistency and games where he's finished as a non-factor. Gordon recently fouled out in 20 minutes after scoring three points against Utah, and he had a stretch in late January to February where he shot 11-of-42 over a four-game span.
Moving forward, Gordon might want to use the next four-to-six weeks to try and establish an identity for himself. He doesn't currently have the skill set to add anything as an NBA small forward, and we haven't seen much of a post game out of Gordon as a 4, which is probably his more natural position.
With original starting power forward Brandon Ashley out with an injury, Gordon will now have the chance to make a consistent impact up front.
And that could help change the minds of those who feel uncertain of his position or his ability to contribute early as a young pro.